Golden Tips

Golden Tips on Energy Conservation

A) General Lighting tips

  • Instead of brightly lighting an entire room, light only the specific area where you are working and not the whole room.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and try keeping bulbs and fixtures clean.
  • Use light colour on walls to reduces your lighting requirement
  • Natural light is free. Make the best use natural lighting whenever and wherever possible especially during the day time.
  • Turn off lights and other energy consuming appliances which are not in use or utilized
  • Reduce overhead and confine to domestic lighting as far as possible to cut down your energy consumption bills.
  • Use fluorescent bulbs in desk lamps
  • Resort to CFL Bulbs instead of incandescent bulb. CFLs produce four times the light per watt compared to an ordinary incandescent bulb. They are higher in price but last longer.
  • About 10% of your electric consumption bill can be saved by installing dimmer switches, lighting motion sensors or low wattage light bulbs.
  • Illuminate your corridors using night lights when a little light is enough.
  • Avoid unnecessary decoration of lights and limit the consumption of electricity especially in a vacant house/ room.
  • Switch on the streetlights in proper time. It will be wise if we can use the timer.

B) Tips for PC users

  • Set your computers, monitors, printers, copiers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature, and turn them off at the end of the day.
  • A PC requires 300-500 watts of electricity; three PC’s left running continuously for a day will consume 7.2 - 12 kilowatt hours of energy enough to boost up your power bills.
  • Screen savers do not save energy so turn off your computer and all its equipment completely when not in use.
  • Turn off your laser printers when not printing. If possible, switch to ink jet or laser jets printers- they consume 90% less energy than laser printers
  • Use and encourage others to use e-mail instead of sending memos and faxing documents
  • Some printers require a minimum of 660 watts to operate, it is wise to use a shared LAN printers instead of individual printers.

C) Tips on Refrigerators

  • Maintain refrigerator at 37 - 40 degrees F and freezer at 5 degrees F
  • Defrost the fridge once ice gets more than ¼” thick. Regular defrosting reduces power consumption.
  • Remember to empty your refrigerators and turn them off during the winter seasons.
  • Change the setting on your electric refrigerator to energy save mode
  • Ensure that the dirty coils of your refrigerator are kept clean as the dirty coils can make your refrigerator to work harder than necessary.
  • Make sure the refrigerator door seals are airtight and don't leave the door open longer than necessary.
  • Try not to overload your refrigerator capacity.
  • Hot foods items should be allowed to cool down before placing them in the refrigerator. Hot food tends to decreases the temperature, thereby forcing the refrigerator to work harder to keep the air cool.
  • Clean dust and lint away from appliances (heating/cooling unit, refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc.) on a regular basis so that the motors run more efficiently
  • Load washing machines only to its prescribed capacity. A half-loaded washing machine wastes hot water and energy.

D) Heating tips

  • Using of Halogen floor lamps may prove futile as they consumes lots of power and may pose a safety risk
  • Instead of turning on your heaters, wear a sweater or add a blanket during the cold seasons
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate warm air in winter rather than using your AC, especially in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Small appliances use less power than larger ones. Wisely choose your new electrical appliances based on your wise decision and as per your needs.
  • Cover the pots and pans and cook several dishes at once in the oven, to save time and energy.
  • Substitute your electric heaters or halogen heaters with fluorescence heaters as they consumes lots of energy.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, consider using a fan to an air conditioner during the hot summer seasons . It saves energy too.
  • Don't set your hairdryer to the maximum heat setting, not only will you save your power bills, but your scalp too.
  • Appliances (irons, coffee pots, etc.) with time limited shut off switches are very ideal for low energy charges.
  • Replace your old aging electrical appliances, like TVs, VCRs etc when needed, with energy efficient models.